Consulting Resources

Getting To Know Students

Achieve WORKS Personality Tool ( Assessment suite for students in 7th through 12th grade designed to create an educational career plan and improve study techniques.

ACT Profile ( Personalized insights to inform individuals as they navigate through life’s key decision points. Targeted toward students interested in planning for college and careers. Free from the makers of the ACT.

Animal Kingdom Personality Cards ( Designed as a conversation starter for use with teens.

Authentic Happiness ( Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania, provides a series of questionnaires on topics such as grit (motivation) for college, fairness, judgment, and humility.

Birkman Method ( Identifies a person’s passions, motivations, and interests.

California Colleges ( Surveys include interest profiler, career cluster survey, basic skills survey, transferable skills checklist, work values sorter, and the career key. Also includes free paper resources including posters and brochures about California colleges.

Corsava Cards ( College choice cards allow students to visualize the characteristics of schools they find desirable and to organize their choices. Students put qualities of schools into the “Really Want,” “Don’t Care,” or “No Way” categories.

Education Planner ( Surveys encourage students to think about study habits, character strengths, and learning style.

Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI) ( Uses the Jungian method to foster self-awareness.

Personal Style Indicator (PSI) ( Helps students find their preferences and patterns in regard to time and situations.

Personality Mosaic (>). The Holland code gives students insights into their potential for careers based on personality preferences and interests.

PsychTests ( Company that provides different personal inventories ranging from intelligence to personality.

Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) ( Inventory helps students determine personality type such as helper, artist, skeptic, and leader.

Search Institute Developmental Assets ( Identifies qualities and assets as the building blocks of healthy development for adolescents.

Strengths Finder 2.0 ( Accessed through a code from the book, this survey helps students identify top five strengths in relation to themes (examples are self-assurance and responsibility) and gives tips on how to best utilize strengths.

True Colors ( Everyone has a combination of ‘True Colors’ (orange, green, blue, and gold) that make up the personality spectrum.

Getting To Know Students: Career Oriented

BigFuture Majors and Careers Tool ( Browse majors and careers or search using careers. Includes recommendations for actions to take in high school and salary data.

CA Career Zone Assessments ( Provides four assessments: a quick assessment to measure careers to match personality, an interest profiler that relates interests to work, a skills profiler that shows careers that pertain to a skill set, and a work importance profiler that measures the relative importance of different factors and qualities of work.

Career Cluster Interest Survey ( Offered by Minnesota State, the survey matches students’ activities and interests, personal qualities, and school subject interests with career clusters.

Carleton College Visualization Tool ( Allows the user to see what students majored in and what field of work they pursued.

College Career Paths Wellesley ( Career visualization tool provided by Wellesley College. Designed to demonstrate the correlation between majors and careers.

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, Tieger, Paul D. A business focused book on understanding the “human factor” in the workplace.

Educate to Career ( Offers data tools such as college return on investment.

Focus 2 Assessment ( Assessments focused on discovering majors and career options.

Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) ( Used for personal assessment and career investigation. Offered online and through “affiliates” around the globe.

Highlands Company: Highlands Whole Person 4-Step Method ( A personality assessment with information about abilities and talents.

iStart Strong ( iStartStrong evaluates students’ strengths in categories such as social, artistic, and enterprising.

Jackson Vocational Interest Inventory ( Profiles from this inventory contain basic interest scales, general occupational themes, similarity to college students, and similarity to job groups. 

Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation ( Provides in-person assessment at testing centers around the country.

Jung Typology ( A free 64-question test based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typology, identifying strengths of preference and description of personality type.

Knowdell Card Sorts ( Four card decks available: career values, motivated skills, leisure & retirement, and occupational interests.

Knowdell Career Assessments ( A suite of career and personal assessments designed to be non-traditional and more appealing to “test-shy” individuals than traditional career assessments.

LASSI Test ( Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) test evaluates skill, will, and self-regulation in strategic learning.

MAPP Career Test ( Provides information about the tester’s “top 20 general career matches.”

My Next Move ( An informational website with data about careers, including salary figures, tools, educational backgrounds, and personality traits associated with that career.

Myers-Briggs Company ( Home of Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Inventory.

MyMajors ( Free tool for counselors and students that helps discover best fit major, college, and career. Based on a 15-minute assessment about interests and personality.

ONET Online ( Students self report abilities, interests, knowledge, skills, work activities, work context, and work values and are provided with a list of careers and information pertinent to their selected category.

Self-Directed Search ( A career assessment tool to discover potential career and educational options.

Strengths Finder 2.0, Rath, Tom. A tool to evaluate your personal strengths to foster talents and improved performance.

StrengthsMining ( Resources to determine strengths and weaknesses, as well as a blog about how they affect productivity.

YouScience ( Uses a proprietary process to match careers with a student’s aptitudes and interests.


Appily (formerly Cappex) -College search tool, virtual tours, and scholarships (

Buyers and Sellers (Selingo’s Who Gets In and Why) (

Coalition Application (

College Admissions Data Sourcebook, Wintergreen Orchard House.

College Board and Big Future (;

College Completion: The Chronicle of Higher Education ( Who graduates from college and who doesn’t?

College Data ( Comprehensive college database.

College Finder, Antonoff, Steven R.

College Handbook, College Board.

College Insight (affordability, diversity, student success data) (

College Kickstart ( Distributes information about admissions deadlines, release dates, etc.

College Navigator: National Center for Education Statistics ( Major database college information.

College Results ( Information about college graduation rates, similar colleges, and general data.

College Scorecard ( U.S. Department of Education interactive tool for college and cost information.

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, Pope, Loren and Oswald, Hilary M. (editor).

CollegeXpress ( Features lists of colleges from College Finder.

Common Application (

Common Data Set (search “Common Data Set, [name of specific college]”). Official admissions and enrollment information.

Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges ( Focuses on smaller public colleges with liberal arts emphasis.

Education Planner ( College and career information and self-assessments from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

FairTest ( Colleges that do not require standardized tests as part of the admission process.

Fiske Guide to Colleges, Fiske, Edward B.

Index of Majors and Sports, Wintergreen Orchard House.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Datasystem: National Center for Education Statistics ( Governmental site for general college information.

Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You, Pope, Loren.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities ( Web-based resource designed to offer information on private colleges and universities.

Niche ( Private company providing information and reviews about U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. Niche manipulates data from many sources including IPEDS, College Scorecard, and their own surveys.

Parchment ( Private company providing college planning data. Parchment allows comparisons between two colleges and also the ability to find colleges similar to the one you are interested in.

Peterson’s Four-Year Colleges.

Peterson’s Two-Year Colleges.

Public University Honors ( Includes both honors colleges and honors programs.

Times Higher Education: The World University Rankings ( International college rankings.

Waitlist Statistics ( Waitlist odds are included in admission profile of each college.


Advanced Placement Credit Information ( How colleges use AP scores.

Advancement Via Individual Determination ( School-focused nonprofit that promotes student opportunity.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( Major association for college registrars; general information about higher education and enrollment management.

Autism/Spectrum Teen Colleges (

British Council ( target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”). UK’s organization for educational opportunities.

Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Zimmerman, Jonathan

College 101: A Christian Survival Guide, Concordia Publishing.

College Finder, Antonoff, Steven R.

College Knowledge for the Jewish Student: 101 Tips, Schoem, David

College Parent Central (

College Parents of America (

College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make it Happen, Gauld, Malcolm

College versus High School. How are they different (

Colleges awarding the most degrees by major (!/vizhome/UniversityRankingbasedonnumberofdegreesawardedineachCIP_0/DegreesAwardedbyCIPRanked).

Consortium of Higher Education/LGBT Resource Professionals (

Every Catholic’s Guide to College: The Best U.S.  Colleges and Universities for Practicing Catholics, O’Brien, Katherine P.

GPA Calculator (unweighted) ( Tools for calculating various types of grade point averages.

Grown and Flown ( Strategies for parenting teenagers and navigating the college admissions process.

Hillel International Guide to Jewish Life on Campus ( ( (Institute for Higher Education Policy)

Index of Majors and Sports, Wintergreen Orchard House.

Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs, Willingham, John.

MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities ( Provides a comprehensive list of college rankings in Canada based on several components.

NCAA – Guide for the college bound student athlete (

NCHC ( Honor colleges.

Newman Connection ( Catholic campus life.

Newman Society Guide to Catholic Colleges ( Allows for comparison between colleges as well as information that may be needed for students interested in attending a Catholic college.

North American Coalition for Christian Admission Professionals ( Guide to Christian colleges and universities.

 Not Getting Stuck: Success Stories of Being Latina and Transferring from a California Community College, Espinoza, Lily E.

 Parenting From the Inside Out, Siegel, Daniel, and Hartzell, Mary.

Parenting Toolbox: 125 Activities Therapists Use to Reduce Meltdowns, Increase Positive Behaviors & Manage Emotions, Phifer, Dr. Lisa; Sibbald, Laura, and Jennifer Roden. A guide to parenting and behavior techniques encouraged by therapists/counselors in working with children.

S4 Study Skills ( Focus on teaching key study skills.

Score College Scholarships: The Student-Athlete’s Playbook to Recruiting Success, Dickinson, Laura.

The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, Piper, Mary.

Times Good University Guide, O’Leary, John. Information about colleges in the United Kingdom.

UCAS – American students interested in applying to schools in the UK (

UK University Rankings (

Ultimate Guide to Being a Christian In College: Don’t Forget To Pack Your Faith, Baxter, Jeff.

Ultimate Guide to College Transfer: From Surviving to Thriving, Tyler, Lucia D., and Henninger, Susan E.

Uniformed Crime Report (

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service ( Application for admission to colleges in the United Kingdom.

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey, Morrow, Jonathan.

When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood, Kaelin, Lauren, and Fraioli, Sophia Willingham, John.

Learning Disabilities

ABCs of Learning Issues, Stahl, Dana.

ABCs of How We Learn, Shwartz, Daniel L.; Tsang, Jessica M., and Blair, Kristen P.

Accommodations, Modifications, and Alternate Assessments: How They Affect Instruction and Assessment (

ACT Disability Testing Services (

ADDitude ( Advice and support for families and adults living with ADHD.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—Testing Accommodations (

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) ( ADDA offers a newsletter, articles, resource lists, webinars, videos, conferences, organizations.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) (

CHADD offers an online library database, training for professionals, webinars, an annual conference, and a forum.

College Board Accommodated Testing (SAT and AP testing) (

College Supports for Learning Differences (CSLD) ( A subscription service for IECs to help students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism. With a list of over 500 colleges, CSLD provides information about special accommodations and services that each school offers.

Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities or AD/HD, Seghers, L., Ed.

CollegeWebLD ( Designed for students with learning differences, CollegeWebLD helps students develop a specialized plan and profile to cater to their specific learning challenges. It also provides information about disability and support services at over 500 colleges, in addition to specific information about colleges that are a good fit within the learning differences population.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ( U.S. Department of Education Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) ( IDA offers an international annual conference as well as regional conferences and workshops, webinars, and resource lists. Members have access to IDA newsletters and journal publications.

K&W Guide to College Programs & Services for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Kravets, M., & Wax, I.

Landmark College ( Landmark College in Putney, VT calls itself “The college of choice for students who learn differently.” Landmark College offers webinars, in-person symposia, dyslexia and executive function training, and a great list of resources.

Landmark School ( The Summer Institute offers seminars and graduate courses designed to help educators learn about and support students with learning disabilities. Also offers online courses, an online newsletter, and an excellent list of articles and resources.

LD American Psychological Association Reasonable Accommodations Explained (

LD Online ( The site provides up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD and features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, a comprehensive resource guide, active forums, and a referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) ( LDA provides a forum for questions on learning disabilities, new technology, and approaches for supporting individuals with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Sourcebook, Wintergreen Orchard House.

Made for Good Purpose: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Difference Become an Independent Adult, McManmon, Michael.

Making the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities ( Identifies key pre-college components for students with learning and attention issues.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) (

Searchable database for academic programs offered by HBCUs (

Wrightslaw ( Provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Diversity, Inclusion, and First-Generation

African American Student’s Guide to College Success, Brooks, F. Erik and Starks, Glenn L.

Black Excel: The College Help Network ( Helps African American students and families navigate the college admission process.

Black Higher Education Channel ( Resources and opportunities for black students.

Campus Pride (

Decoding College: Stories, Strategies, and Struggles of First-Generation College Students, Clark, Kallie.

First in the Family: Your College Years: Advice About College from First-Generation Students, Cushman, Kathleen.

First-Generation College Experience, Baldwin, Amy. Focuses on success through extra attention and support in college.

Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusion on Campus: Post–PULSE, Stead, Virginia. 

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (

Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine ( Education news and resources from a Hispanic perspective.

Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Lifestyle ( Black colleges, financial aid, and the black college experience.

I’m First Guide to College ( Key first-generation resource.

Immigrants Rising ( First generation or undocumented students.

Latino Student’s Guide to College Success, Valverde, Leonard A.

Latino Students Guide to STEM Careers, Redon, Laura I. and Kanagala, Vijay.

Not Getting Stuck: Success Stories of Being Latina and Transferring from a California Community College, Espinoza, Lily E.

School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success, Holcomb-McCoy, C.


Majors, Academic Programs, and Careers

Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood, Andrew, Mari

American Institute of Architects (

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) (

American Society of Interior Designers (

Anime and Manga College Courses (

Association for Women in Computing (

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (

Audio Engineering Society (

Book of Majors, College Board.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job For You, DK

Carleton College Career Paths ( Shows where college majors lead in terms of careers.

College Completion ( Graduation rates, percent of students on Pell grants.

College Majors 101 ( Information and videos about an array of majors.

College Results Online ( Find graduation rates, similar colleges.

DePaul U online career center (

Educate to Career ( Return on investment college listings.

Educating Engineers (

Impact of Major on Career Path for 15,600 Williams College Alums ( Which college majors lead to which careers?

Index of Majors and Sports, Wintergreen-Orchard House.

International Career & College Counseling Conference (

Kansas University Career and Majors ( Good information about majors including career paths, getting more information, job and internship search resources.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (

National Directory of College Athletics, Collegiate Directories (

National Portfolio Day (

O*Net ( Occupation search.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Dept of Labor) (

The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion, Luna, Elle

Try Engineering (

Wellesley Career Education (

What Can I Do With This Major? ( Produced by the University of Tennessee, PDFs available by major.

Costs and Financial Aid

Affordable Colleges (program rankings and financial resources) (

Better Money Habits ( Solid information about credit, debt, saving and budgeting, college, taxes, and more. The site is sponsored by Bank of America and Khan Academy.

Best Value Colleges, Kiplinger (

Big J Educational Consulting (Domestic and international undergraduate need-based and merit aid statistics) (

College affordability (

College Board Financial Data ( Financial aid and cost information.

College Cost Navigator ( Subscription service offering cost/affordability information.

College Data ( Link via “Pay Your Way” provides cost/aid information.

College Results Online ( Price/aid information about colleges of interest.

College Scholarship Search at College Board Big Future ( Search tool for scholarships.

College Search and Scholarships ( Scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, and foundations.

College Solution, O’Shaughnessy, Lynn and ( Focuses on affordability.

Colleges Worth Your Money: A Guide to What America’s Top Schools Can Do for You, Belasco, Andrew

DIY College Rankings ( Database of college information; site organized by Michele Kretzschmar.

Edvisors ( Financial and cost information.

Estimate Your College Costs (

FAFSA4caster and Federal Student Aid ( Estimates of eligibility for federal  student aid.

FastWeb ( Online scholarship search engine.

FinAid! (

Financial Aid ( Calculator to estimate the amount of aid families may receive.

Financial Aid Letter ( Interpreting financial aid awards.

Getting Financial Aid, College Board.

How to College: What To Know Before You Go (And When You’re There), Malkin Brenner; Andrea and Schwartz, Lara Hope.

In-State Tuition and State Residency Requirements (

Kiplinger ( 

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ( Site of organization of financial aid administrators.

National Center for Educational Statistics ( Financial/cost information available by college.

Net price calculator (search “Net price calculator, [enter the name] college”). Official college data on costs and affordability.

Paying for College Without Going Broke, Chany, Kalman.

Secrets to Winning a College Scholarship, Kantrowitz, Mark

Saving for College ( Subscription service including comprehensive reviews of 529 Plans. Mark Kantrowitz, financial aid expert, is publisher. ( Database of financial/cost information.

Twisdoms about Paying for College, Kantrowitz, Mark.

Ultimate Scholarship Book, Tanabe, Gen and Tanabe, Kelly.

U.S. Department of Education ( Government site with information on loans and grants.

Antonoff Favorites

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Covey, Sean.

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, Pillemer, Karl

Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership ( For entrepreneurial leaders, change agents, coalition builders, and innovators in higher education.

Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old, Chopra, Deepak.

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Seligman, Martin.

Being Mortal, Gawande, Atul.

Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different, Asher, Donald

David and Goliath, Gladwell, Malcolm.

Developmental Assets ( Inventory of factors young people need to succeed.

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite, Deresiewicz, William.

Four Agreements, Ruiz, Don Miguel.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors, Segal, Gillian Zoe.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Fisher, Robert; Ury, William L., and Patton, Bruce. Keys to good mediation.

Good Life Practice, Mochel, Dave.

Greater Good Magazine (Science-based insights for a meaningful life) (

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth, Angela.

Harvard Law School Undergraduate Institutions (

Hechinger Report ( Articles and blogspot about education and business topics.

Higher Ed Data Stories ( Site for “higher education data visualization” using tableau software and created and maintained by Jon Boeckenstedt, Associate VP for Enrollment Management at DePaul University in Chicago. Site is filled with information about admission rates, early decision, freshmen migration, undergraduate enrollments by ethnicity, jobs for English majors, and lots more.

How Successful People Think, Maxwell, John C.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, Lythcott-Haims, Julie.

Institute on Character and Admission ( “The goal of the Institute is to change admissions practice at the higher and secondary education levels to reflect the significance of character strengths in attaining success in school, college, and work.”

Inside Higher Ed (

International Counselor ( Comprehensive, lots of links. (Shaun McElroy, Shanghai American School, Shaunigan)

Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, Dembling, Sophia.

Medium ( A news service with articles and tips for small business owners and startups. 

Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom, Gold, Taro.

Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Schwartz, Barry. The more choices, the more stress. Clear implications for the college selection process.

Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Tolle, Eckhart.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Cain, Susan.

Student Success Manifesto, Simmons, Michael.

Travelmath (trip planning tool) (

U.S. Colleges and University Reference Map ( ;

Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents, Isay, Jane.

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, Bruni, Frank.  

Your Teen for Parents ( Articles/tips for parents of teens on common parenting issues.